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Nancy Jennings

Associate Professor of Education
Senior Faculty Fellow in the McKeen Center for the Common Good

Contact Information

njenning@bowdoin.edu
207-725-3356
Education
EDUCATION
207 Riley House


Fall 2013

  • Teaching and Learning (EDUC 301)
  • Curriculum (EDUC 303)


Nancy Jennings: Bowdoin College: Education

Education

  • Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota. B.A., 1971. Major in Classical Languages, minor in Social Sciences.
  • University of Chicago, 1973-74. Graduate program in Classical Languages.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. M.S. in Library and Information Science, 1975.
  • Michigan State University. Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Social Policy, 1992.
    Dissertation title: "Teachers Learning from Policy: Cases from the Michigan Reading Reform."

Research Interests

  • Instructional reform, educational policy, and rural schooling.



Jennings, N.E., Swidler, S., & Koliba, C. (forthcoming) Place-Based Education in a  Standards-Based  Reform Era-- Conflict or Complement? American Journal of Education

Jennings, N.E. (forthcoming).  Implementing Accountability Reforms:  Challenges and Victories in Rural Schools.   Columbus, Ohio: ACCLAIM.

Jennings, N.E. (2000).  Standards and Local Curriculum:  A Zero-Sum Game? Journal of Research in Rural Education, 16(3) 193-201.
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Jennings, N.E. (1999). Reform in Small Places: Implementation of Comprehensive State Policies in Rural Schools. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 15(3) 127-140.
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Spillane, J.S. & Jennings, N.E. (1997). Aligned instructional policy and ambitious pedagogy: Exploring instructional reform from the classroom perspective. Teachers College Record, 98(3) 449-481.
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Prawat, R. S., & Jennings, N.E. (1997) Students as Context for Teachers Learning about Practice: Cases of Two Upper-Elementary Mathematics Teachers. Elementary School Journal, 97(3) 251-270.

Guiding Teacher LearningJennings, N.E., Peasley, K., & Rosaen, C. (1997). Learning with experience. In Feiman-Nemser and Rosaen, C. (eds.). Guiding Teacher Learning: Insider Studies of Classroom Work with Prospective and Practicing Teachers. Washington D.C.: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Jennings, N.E. & Spillane, J. P. (1996) State reform and local capacity: Encouraging ambitious instruction for all and local decision-making. Journal of Education Policy, 11(4) 465-482.

Jennings, N.E. & Spillane, J.P. (1996) Review of Policy Efforts in South Carolina. Journal of Education Policy, 11(5) 625-631.

Interpreting policy in real classrooms: Case studies of state reform and teacher practice - by Nancy JenningsJennings, N.E. (1996). Interpreting policy in real classrooms: Case studies of state reform and teacher practice. New York: Teachers College Press.

Jennings, N.E., and Grant, S.G. (1994) Learning to read: Teachers learning from reform. In Kinzer, C. and Leu, D. (eds.) Multidimensional Aspects of Literacy Research, Theory, and Practice: 43rd Yearbook of the National Reading Conference.

Wiemers, N.J. (1990) Transformation and accommodation: A case study of Joe Scott. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 12 (3) 281- 292.

Belling the Cat:  Place-Based Education in the Era of Standards-Based Reforms.  (Paper delivered at annual conference of American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, 2004 and at the  National Rural Education Association,  Kearney, Nebraska, 2003

Teaching to Pass:  The Effects of High-Stakes Assessments in Rural Schools.  (Paper delivered at annual conference of American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, 2002.)

Standards and Local Curriculum,  (Talk delivered at National Association of Rural Education,Research Forum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October, 2001)

The "Place" of Standards-Based Reform in Rural Schools. (Paper delivered at annual conference of American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, 2000.)

Examining Reform in Rural Schools: Case Studies of Implementation Efforts in Two South Carolina Schools. (Paper delivered at annual conference of American Educational Research Association, Montreal, 1999.)

Reform in Small Places: Implementation of Comprehensive State Policies in Rural Schools. (Paper delivered at annual conference of National Rural Education Association, Buffalo, NY. 1998.)

With Spillane, J.P. Exploring Instructional Dilemmas in Realizing Ideal Practice. (Paper delivered at annual conference of American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, 1998.)

With Parsons, B.E. Learning to Reform: Opportunities for policymakers to learn together. (Paper delivered at annual conference of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, 1997).

With Spillane, J.P. For all children: Practitioners' views of traditionally disadvantaged students and instructional reforms. (Paper delivered at annual conference of American Educational Research Association, New York, April, 1996).

Local Agendas and State Reform: Enactment is in the Eye of the Beholder. In symposium: Tensions Inherent in Reform: Cases from South Carolina. (Paper delivered at annual conference of American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, April, 1995

With J.P. Spillane and S.G. Grant. Implementing state reading policy: The paradox of constructing meaning. (Paper delivered at annual meeting of National Reading Conference, Charleston, SC, December 1993).

With S.G. Grant. Learning to read: Teachers learning from reform. (Paper delivered at annual meeting of National Reading Conference, Charleston, SC, December 1993).

Getting the message out: The pedagogy of the policy. (Paper delivered at annual meeting of Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC, October 1993.

Teacher learning and change: Case studies from California and Michigan. (Paper delivered at the International Congress for School Effectiveness, Victoria, British Columbia, January 1992).

  • Spencer Small Research Grant, November, 2001.
  • Sydney B. Karofsky Award for Junior Faculty (teaching award) Bowdoin College, May, 2000.
  • 1992 Outstanding Dissertation Award. College of Education, Michigan State University, August 1993.
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Michigan State University, College of Education, May 1993.
  • Professional Excellence Award, Michigan State University College of Education, 1990.

Professional Experience

July, 2004 - Associate Dean of the Faculty, Bowdoin College

1995-2004 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Chair,  Education Department, Bowdoin College 

1992-94 Research Associate, Educational Policy and Practice Study, Michigan State University. Postdoctoral appointment to research project on the relationship of state policy to classroom practice in Michigan, California, and South Carolina. Develop and direct South Carolina phase of project.

1988-92 Graduate Research Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State University, in the California Mathematics Policy/Practice Study directed by David K. Cohen and Penelope Peterson, and in the Center for Policy Research in Education literacy project in Michigan directed by David K. Cohen and Penelope Peterson.

1990-92 Teaching Assistant, College of Education, Michigan State. Instructor for Teacher Education 101, "Exploring Teaching and Learning," and Teacher Education 450, "School and Society." Foundations courses, usually first and last in teacher education program.

1976-87  K-12 Media Specialist and Computer Teacher in Illinois and Minnesota.